Burnley Football Club has handed over a whopping cheque for £25,719 for Pendleside Hospice following last summer’s Pennine Lancs 10K.
A team of eight people from the club’s commercial and media departments raised the cash in memory of supporter Gail Simpson, who was cared for by Pendleside before she lost her fight against ovarian cancer towards the end of 2014.
Her family, led by husband Alan, had pledged to raised £10,000 for Pendleside Hospice throughout 2015, but the total raised so far from various initiatives is more than £50,000 and has exceeded all their expectations.
The Burnley FC team of Anthony Fairclough, Carl Sanderson, Jez Minihan, Darren Bentley, Nick Taylor, Chloe Simpson, Dale Robins-Bailey and Gary O’Neill spent months in training for the Pennine Lancs 10K, helped by Jamie Kennedy from FX Fitness Experience.
Anthony, Director of Commercial Affairs at the club, led the way, losing more than two stones in preparation!
The group raised the money from a number of initiatives, including a Just Giving page, an auction of a shirt from every team in the Football League and the auctioning of a turnstile from the Bob Lord stand, which recently saw new, wider turnstiles installed as part of a stand redevelopment.
The £400 raised from the turnstile auction was then matched by award winning Contractors, Investors and Developers, Barnfield Construction, who are carrying out the renovation work.
Barnfield, who had named Pendleside Hospice as one of their nominated charities of the year, also contributed a further £250 to the overall total from staff donations, dress-down days and raffles.
Charlotte Pickup, Marketing Manager at Barnfield Constructionm, is pictured at the club with Hospice Fundraising Manager, Kaye Bartle and Burnley midfielder Joey Barton!
She said: “We think it's important to give our staff the opportunity to choose which charities we support each year and Pendleside Hospice is always one of the most popular choices.
“The staff do a fantastic job at the hospice and we are pleased to be able to help support them in their amazing work."
Hospice Fundraising Manager, Mrs Kaye Bartle added: “The amount raised by the Burnley FC Commercial team is absolutely amazing and will help us provide much needed care and support to the people of Burnley and Pendle.
“It’s wonderful that our local football club are so supportive of our work in the community.”
All monies raised will help the hospice to care for more people in our local community currently going through a difficult time following the diagnosis of a life limiting illness, and give them and their family the support needed.
The Pennine Lancs 10K in June was the third year that the event has taken place in Burnley, with around 2,000 runners taking part each year and raising thousands of pounds for various good causes.
Pendleside Hospice, who are one of the partner charities for the event, had over 300 runners taking part.
Main pic: Kaye Bartle, Fundraising Manager, Pendleside Hospice, Alan Simpson (husband of Gail Simpson), Anthony Fairclough, Director of Commercial Affairs at BFC